Foods with Beauty Benefits

I recently found out that there are foods that make a great impact on your skin and hair. There are so many different food choices that can help make you look and feel better. I found this to be super fascinating, I mean I already eat so much, so why not make good choices to my skin or hair would benefit from.

I’ve always had blemished skin, and I try so hard to natural gain that flawless look. Luckily, with the help of my Clarisonic, we are one step closer. I also found out that there are a bunch of fruits and other foods that help with clearing the skin. Papaya helps with a flawless complexion. In the past, I’ve used a papaya facial scrub, but I have never thought that eating papaya would help with this. The reason why papaya helps with the skin is because there is vitamin c serum in the fruit, along with exfoliant. To translate, eating papaya can help brighten and tighten your skin. I was so blown away by this once I heard about it, I can’t wait to eat papaya like every day. In addition to that, papaya also contains digestive enzyme, papain which helps reduce redness on the skin by combating inflammation. This is one of the biggest problem I have, red blotches when I wake up sometimes.

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Another fruit that helps with the skin, especially brightening the face is lemon. Lemon juice helps with removing fat-soluble toxin and hormones. A lot of people would recommend starting the day with a cup of lemon water to get all the detoxifying benefit. Lemon mask is something I used to do when I had acne. I mixed one egg white, and one teaspoon of lemon juice. It’s super easy, just gently massage the face mask on the clean face. Let it dry for around 15 minutes then wash off like any other mask. What’s awesome is that you can just leave the rest of the mixture in the fridge to use later. I do recommend to use it within the week or so, because it will go bad. Plus this mask is great for brightening and tightening! 

Two vegetable that is also great are red bell peppers and spinach. Red bell peppers help with creating free radical and will keep your skin younger looking! Spinach is also another great thing to eat, not only does it give you strength, spinach is also another anti-ager. It has a nutrient that helps with preventing wrinkle and removing dead skin. Spinach salad with a drizzle of lemon juice is the perfect meal to amazing skin!

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The overall key to clean skin is water. Drink lots of water! If you feel more dehydrate than usual, try coconut water! Speaking of coconut, check out the richer part of the coconut, coconut kefir. This is made by fermenting coconut water with beneficial bacteria. These bacteria (as gross a it sounds) can help keep skin clear by crowding out pathogenic microbes. So sometimes instead of drinking a cup of lemon water, try drinking a cup of coconut kefir. 

 

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February 15, 2017 — AN Commerce

5 Ways To Disguise a Bad Hair Day

We have all experienced it, no matter how much you want to deny it… those dreadful bad hair days. Sometimes it’s because you fell asleep with a messy bun still tied up or you slept funny or it could even be the humid weather, but once you wake up with bad hair, it’s not a easy fix. A typical scenario that often happens is waking up with 15 minutes to get ready, 10 minutes will go towards your make up routine, leaving you only 5 minutes to fix that crazy hair. Today’s blog post will feature a few great ways to disguise a bad hair day. And I have been there, especially back in the days when I had super long hair, and I totally know it takes more than a simple hairbrush!

One product I live off when I wake up with crazy hair is a grooming crème. This works especially great when you have wavy hair. If you have a few extra minutes, flatiron the ends and tip if your hair to sharpen the look. Then using a grooming crème or even hairspray would work, take a pea-sized amount and apply to the tips of your hair. This will not only texturize but it will also bring out more wave.

 

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If you don’t want to texturize, you can also do the complete opposite of slicking it. This pretty much means putting your hair into a simple ponytail but a more modern, sleek and fun look! Begin with prep damp and clean hair with a light mousse. Then blow dry your hair while smoothing the hair back into a ponytail shape. Finish the look with a spray of hairspray and begin smoothing your hair out. a really popular thing I have seen around is wrapping one inch section of the pony tail around a curling iron to give it a bounce. You can then end off the hair with a shining spray.

Don’t want to pull out all those tools and products? Check out one of my favourite blogger, Wendy’s Lookbook, as she tutorial an everyday updo. The look requires a few clips and only a few minutes. It is the perfect cute but didn’t try too hard look! Check out her video and tutorial here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4G2SZDvuVtU

By the way, if you don’t follow Wendy’s LookBook on Instagram, you should most definitely check her out!

If you have shorthair and want to tackle messy hair using a headband! I love this tutorial on simple look for short hair using beautiful headbands. A head scarf also works! It adds a great accessory to the hair! This is also a very easy look, all it takes is hairbrush and a headband! 

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Still too much to do before heading out in the morning, try this overnight process of getting subtle waves. All you have to do is apply dry shampoo to your hair the night before and then sleep with a messy top knot. In the morning when you wake up, your hair would look amazing!

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January 25, 2017 — AN Commerce

Ways to Simplify your Makeup Routine

Putting makeup on is always fun and all, I even do it when I am bored sometimes. I love trying out new palettes, new blends and experimenting. However, if I sleep in some mornings, it is a bit of a drag to spend thirty minutes on my face. So I thought, there must be a way to balance not being late for school and having a decent face. Today’s blog post will talk about a few way in which you can simplify your makeup routine, these tricks will help save you time and effort. And for me, it will help with not being late for class.

I will be the first, or maybe last, to admit I have probably fifty plus bottles of products I have never touched. I often just jump to the products that covers two to three things in one. By this, I mean using products that do more than one duty. For example, tinted moisturizer, fat eyeliner that double as eyeshadow, concealer stick that also works as highlighter, etc. Using these products will help you save time and cross two things off of your list. One of my favourite duo product is a blush, bronzer and highlighter mixed. I use the Physicians Formula Super BB #InstaReady Contour Trio BB Stick is a must need! Don’t doubt this little stick because it can do lots. It twist upwards and has a flat, rounded rectangle shape. All you have to do is swipe, and blend it out gently. I use my beauty blender for this. It gives a perfect face contour and sculpt in less than a minute. 

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Another way to speed up your morning routine is by having an organized makeup table. Try separating all your products in different corners. If you don’t have a designated area for makeup, try having two to three makeup bags. This will, hands down, make your products search a whole lot faster. In addition to that, clean out your makeup bag once in a while. If you are like me, and like to hoard millions of products, perhaps try having two or three small makeup bags will the everyday products. I don’t know about you, but if all my makeup is stuffed in one makeup bag, I will probably spend more time looking for a product than actually applying stuff on my face.

Lipsticks have never really been my thing, if I am 100% honest. Why? Simply because it is too high maintenance. Compared to lip gloss or lip stain, these products are an easy swipe. Lipstick requires lip liner, then making sure nothing rubs on to your teeth, along with making sure your inner lips are clean. Plus the upside of lip gloss is that you can even apply it without a mirror, saving you one less thing to do! 

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The last tip and trick I have is from Romy Soleimani, she is a director for Beauty.com and she suggested dabbing a bit of Vaseline on the lips or cheekbones, it helps with a natural glow and saves you time trying all the other products. For a bit more colour, I found that using a cream blush for the lips and cheeks also works! Another small tip from her is using an eyelash curler to save time with the mascara!

December 16, 2016 — AN Commerce

Winter Skin Care Routine

During the winter time it is important to take care of your skin. The cold air and breeze will damage your skin really quick.

Your routine for the winter shouldn't be the same as the routine during the summer. Avoid having chapped lips or chapped face by having a good skincare routine for the winter. This is how you can maximum moisturization/minimal discomfort for the cold days. 

For your face wash, try Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Cream Cleanser, Lancôme Crème Mousse Comfort, or CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser. Joshua Zeichner, the director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City suggested that "swapping a foaming cleanser for a creamy one is often all it takes to help skin adjust to colder, drier weather".  Michelle Villett from Beautyeditor also suggested that foamy, lathering cleaners have an alkaline pH, whereas our skin's pH is acidic. That means their alkalinity can strip away your skin's acid mantle, which is the barrier that protects it from drying out as well as the elements and bacterial invaders.

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A toner is great but not needed, however choosing a moisturizing toner, in the wintertime will really benefit your skin. this is because it helps return your skin's pH back to normal after cleansing. In addition, like any other toner, it will help remove every last trace of dirt, makeup, oil or dead skin cells. In the winter time, you also want to maximum absorption of hydrators. Try putting on a serum or moisturizer while your skin is still damp from the toner. NARSskin Multi-Action Hydrating Toner is great because it is best for exfoliating, plus it is a classic refining toner – this soft alcohol-free formula gently exfoliates skin while refining the appearance of pores, giving a smoother and more even appearance to your complexion.

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Lip balm is a must for the winter days! Get rid of those nasty chapped and dry lips is so important! A really good product is the Golden Oldie by Philosophy, this beloved product can also be used as an overnight mask, since it's meant to repair lip wrinkles, intense splitting situations and dryness. It's subtly scented too, perfect for bed time!

Another good lip product is The Sheepskin Savior, this one is great for ultra sensitive skin. It is a multi-taskingOintment' nourishes and repairs damaged skin - it dramatically reduces the effects of chapped lips, minor burns, eczema and psoriasis with one overnight application. This non-irritating, hypoallergenic elixir is formulated with pure Lanolin to lock in moisture for intense hydration.

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December 05, 2016 — AN Commerce

How To Choose The Right Lipstick For You

There are so many different shades and kind of lipstick. Some people might like their big bright and bold colors versus some other people may want a subtler tone. There are also different preferred shades for different events or venue that is appropriate. For example, it would no be appropriate to wear a bright pink lipstick for someone’s funeral…  that is just a plain simple NO! This is a guide that will tell you how to choose the best for you and for what occasion. Of course, sometimes you might even want to try something new out and that is totally ok! However, it is important to know what is appropriate for certain places and you can even ask you friends to see if they like it!

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Shimmer is an important factor when picking out your lipstick. Too much shimmer is sometimes appropriate, let say a party or a club. However, it should not be worn for a professional event like an interview or a networking event. Even so, if you do, minimal shimmer is best. And sometimes, shimmer might even make the lipstick look too cheap. Instead of using metallic pigmented lipstick try using a cream finish lipstick that will get light reflection form the moisture of the formula. One very popular trend that is going around these days is actually matte lipstick – this means no shimmer at all!

A lot of people think that the right lipstick color depends on your skin color, although that is half true, it is not 100% correct. Why? Because the lipstick color actually depends on your lip's natural color. After all, it is going on your lips - lol! Some people have really light or pale lips, for that try colors like a cherry red or a coral. If the lips are already naturally red, try colors like hot pink or orange - it may sound crazy but it blends in really well! For dark lips, a brick red or burgundy will work great!

 

 

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 In the aspect of what events and what lipstick colors is best, it will be based off of your lip tone to identify the right color. In a more general perspective, for a cocktail party a bold fuchsia is perfect because it will help bust out a festive vibe and liveliness! If you are going for a family event, try something like a tinted lip-gloss. This is a more "cute" look rather than too bold, you will look presentable especially in front of conservative parents. For a fashion event, it will a good time to shine with a burst of bright color like orange! Fashion events are usually filled with daring people, so why not shine out! At the office a nude color is best, please do NOT try to experiment with colors here!

There is also this great quiz on YouBeauty where you can answer a few questions to discover the best lip colors and application techniques for you! It is really cool - http://www.youbeauty.com/quizzes/lipstick/

November 29, 2016 — AN Commerce

Easy Day to Night Makeup Look

Every one, at some point, will have to make a quick switch from the office to a fancy restaurant, or from school straight to town. It seems like so much effort at the end of a long day but trust me, you only need a few bits to go from your natural day look to one hell of a night look - plus they're probably already in your cupboard!

Shadow
Eyeshadow, to me, is the go-to for dressing up your look! I don't tend to wear shadows during the day because it's both a bit of an effort and I don't want to feel over-dressed for work. There are so many options to go for and you can get sets that make it pretty easy to do quickly at your desk! Whether you're going for smokey, natural or something bright & bold, you can find eyeshadow trios and mini palettes pretty much anywhere. Once you have one, all you need is a couple of brushes and you're good to go!

Lashes                                                                                      
Another one I only tend to go for if I'm going out - lashes. Adding a pair of lashes definitely spruces up your look and they're the finishing touch you need to make you look just that bit more glam. The possibilities are endless when it comes to styles and most of them come with lash glue included, just make sure you have a pair of tweezers and you're all set to apply them on the go!

Brow Top-up
This might just be me but I like to top up my eyebrows if I'm going out. I feel like making them just a little bit bolder kind of matches up to the rest of my made-up face(?). I use my Benefit Browzings kit every day and it comes with it's own handy little brushes, so I just need to pop it in my purse and I'm ready to top them up at the end of the day!

Quick Contour
I'm not one for contouring on a day-to-day basis, but it's a nice little touch to add if you're heading out. Surely we all know what contouring is by now and the effect that it gives, so in my eyes it's a nice addition in your day to night routine - especially if there are likely to be photos! All you need is a bronzing powder and a brush or a mini contour kit, you just quickly swipe it in the desired areas, giving you chiseled cheekbones instantly!

Lip Switch
This is definitely my favourite part of the process - lip colour! I'm one of those people that have specific day and night colours - mostly because I go for comfortable clothing during the day so a vivid lip would look a bit odd. I tend to be a lot more daring when I go out too, so reds, purples and generally darker and brighter colours come out to play! If you're wearing a matte lipstick that won't budge during the day then you're only going to need some Vaseline and a tissue/cloth to get it off, then you're good to go! I'd definitely recommend applying some sort of moisturizing product in between colours though, you don't want your lips drying out!

 

November 25, 2016 — AN Commerce

Guide To A Beginners Makeup Kit

No matter how old you are, when it comes to makeup you have to start somewhere! It can take a while to get into the swing of it and it can take a lot of practice - trust me. I started wearing makeup at around 12/13, never anything major and it always looked terrible and I didn't properly get into it until I was around 18 years old. Of course when you're starting out you don't want to spend a ton on products because you're only just getting the hang of it and trying out new things, so here's a few essentials that I believe are key for a beginners makeup kit!

Concealer
Not everyone gets on with foundation and BB creams, plus if you can get away with not wearing it then why would you?! But no matter how perfect and even your skin is, we're all bound to get blemishes at some point. Whether you've woken up to find Mount Everest has settled on your face or you've just had a bit of a late night and the bags under your eyes are showing it, you're going to need a good concealer. It might take a little bit of time to find a concealer that both matches your skin tone and suits your skin type, but it's definitely an essential that I reach for everyday (I'm a bit of a night owl) and couldn't be without! I use the NYX  Concealer Wand in Porcelain which matches my skin perfectly.

Sponges
The mistake I always used to make was applying makeup with my hands - gross. Using your hands to apply foundations and concealers is pretty bad for causing breakouts and it's a habit you need to get out of ASAP. I find that sponges are so much easier anyway and they're sold pretty much everywhere nowadays! You can pick them up for next to nothing (unless you want to splash out on branded versions) and all you need to do it dampen it and start applying your makeup!

Eyeshadow palettes 
Eyeshadow is the easiest way to experiment in my opinion. When I was starting out myself, I taught myself how to create different looks using Youtube tutorials and inspiration from Twitter and Instagram. If you're only starting out then you might need a couple of palettes to cover the basics. A neutral palette is always a good idea as you might not necessarily want to dive in head first and go for the boldest colours you can find (but then it's always good to have those too for when you're feeling brave). I started out when the bhCosmetics Neutral Eyes Palette which is full of warm and cool brown tones and the Sleek Enchanted Forest Palette which covers a couple of the bolder colours. I believe these two are a good range to start off with and get experimenting! 

Mascara
This one probably goes without saying, but you're going to need a good mascara. If you're not one for experimenting too much and want to stick to a natural look, a mascara is your best bet. It makes your eyes stand out that little bit more and finishes off every look. Or if you're wanting to go all out and try some bright eyeshadows and fancy eyeliners, what better way to finish it off that with long volumnous lashes?! You can get some pretty good ones from Essence if you're on a bit of a budget, but I've found that Benefit Rollerlash does the best job for me!

Setting Spray
It's pretty devastating when you spend so long getting ready in the morning, perfecting your look and then by the time you get back home your masterpiece has melted away. A setting spray will help keep your makeup in place throughout the day and they're not too dear either. I use the Makeup Revolution Oil Control Fixing Spray and it does an amazing job of locking my makeup in and stopping and oil from coming through!

 

November 16, 2016 — AN Commerce

Secret Makeup Tips

There isn’t much that’s kept a secret in the beauty world nowadays, but there are a few techniques and tricks that aren’t as well known but definitely come in handy! I, for one, love finding new ways to apply my makeup and change my routine every now and then – even though sometimes my makeup isn’t quite perfect by the end of the day!

Baking
Baking isn’t much of a secret, but when you’re starting off (if you’re anything like me) it can be difficult to get it right. It took me a good couple of weeks to properly get the hang of it but once you know how, it’s super easy and it slips right into your routine! First off, the powder that you use is important, I’ve tried it with both a coloured powder and translucent and I’d always go for translucent now. Using a coloured powder can be tricky because it can start to look cakey throughout the day and I’m sure that’s a look everyone wants to avoid! I tried using a basic makeup sponge to apply the powder under my eyes at first, but the texture of the sponges was way too rubbery and the powder just wasn’t holding, so after reading couple of blog posts on the technique (I will always recommend this, it’s so handy and easy to access) I started using a beauty blender instead! The blender grabs the powder so easily and the pointed tip makes the application so much more precise, it doesn’t necessarily have to be branded, just a good quality one!

Colour Correctors and Concealers
I had been applying colour correctors and concealers wrong for a long time, until I found a trick online (probably Facebook) that made them so much more effective! I used to just apply and kind of concealer/corrector and then foundation on top, but of course the foundation but ended up wiping the concealer away and all my blemishes were still on show. Not only was it a massive waste of product, but I was caked up for absolutely no reason! The best step to do first is to use colour correctors as a base – so in my case using yellow under my eyes and green for any redness. If you use a cream/liquid corrector then it should sit pretty well under other makeup, I use the liquid concealers in green, yellow &  and they work a charm. Next I apply foundation over the top to even out my skin and cover the colour correctors – and then using concealer over that to hide blemishes. It might not work for everyone, but it gives me a pretty clear and even complexion so it’s worth giving it a go!

Glow Glow Glow
There’s no such thing as too much highlighter. This might sound like the most ridiculous tip ever – but if you’re a true lover of all things beauty and you’re having a bad day, just apply some highlighter and off you go. A good glow is guaranteed to perk you up because it’s the best feeling when you walk past a mirror and you see your highlight catch the sun. Just trust me ok.

Skincare
I don’t know if it’s just me, but whenever I’m reading beauty blogs and articles, skincare is barely mentioned. Everyone’s all “take care of your skin!” but they don’t tell you just how important it is – especially at this time of year. It’s probably the best thing you’ll ever do for your makeup routine and it’s so vital. Of course everyone slips up in their skincare routine occasionally and that’s perfectly fine, just as long as you get straight back on top of it! Your skin is your main base, so of course you have to take care of it. I follow my routine every morning and every night and it consists of removing my makeup with a cleansing wipe and then removing any excess with a cotton pad and the Garnier Micellar Water – if you never use a cleanser you’ll be surprised by how much is still on your skin! Then I’ll use the Nivea Oil-Free Moisturiser and dab some spot gel on any blemishes to reduce them throughout the day/night. I always make sure to use a Body Shop lip butter too so my lips are just as cared for as the rest of my face – cracked lips aren’t great if you’re wanting to wear lipstick the next day!

Price Doesn’t Always Mean Quality
Don’t get me wrong, I love Kylie Cosmetic products and I will continue to use them until the day I die, but with all of the different brands I’ve tried lately, I might never have even gone for them. I recently placed my first Colourpop order and I’ve spent a lot more time than I’d like to admit at my local NYX stand so of course I’ve tried out a few substitutes for the Kylie Lip Kits, and they come a lot closer than I expected. Both the Colourpop Ultra Matte Lipstick and the NYX Lip Lingeries are a similar formula to Kylie’s and the combined price of these doesn’t even come to the total price of one Lip Kit. So moral of the story is, if you’re pining for a Kylie Lip Kit but can’t bear to part with the pennies, see how you get on with one of these first! (Colourpop: Time Square - Kylie: Candy K - NYX: Exotic).

November 09, 2016 — AN Commerce

Makeup Removal Tips

Believe it or not, but clearing up your skin at night is one of the most important part of your beauty routine. The importance of clearing up your skin before bed goes a long, long way. When you go to bed with any make-up residue from the day time it clogs your pore, hence your skin can’t breathe at night. This simply than leads to break-out and pimples. I take the time of day to take ensure that not a speak of make-up lingers my skin overnight. I usually undress my face right when I get home from work or school, and of course, sometimes I would forget, so either in the shower or during my bedtime routine.

I have two sets of makeup removing process, a longer one and shorter one. The shorter one is my quick everyday routine, the longer one is for a heavy face of makeup and done once or twice a week. Aside from removing my makeup, my longer routine helps with a long term skin care.

Short Makeup Removing Routine

  • The Original Makeup Eraser is one of the best product I have ever gotten. I believe I got this at a local Sephora a year ago. It is not expensive at all, and comes in many different colours. It saves me so much money compared to using other cleanser or toner to remove my makeup. It is a simple process of wetting the cloth and wiping your face. It takes off foundation, mascara, eyeliner, etc. It doesn't stain meaning that it is reusable. You have no idea how much this saves on those makeup remover wipes. I usually do this step twice to ensure that all my makeup is off.

 


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    • Then I proceed to using a toner, this toner does two purpose. It helps with removing any leftover foundation that might have lingered, and it helps cleanse. I use the Estée Lauder Perfectly Clean Triple-Action Cleanser/Toner/Makeup Remover, the name of the product kind of really says it all. I mainly use this product to get rid of leftover makeup, rather than the cleansing process.
    • I end my routine with the Vitamin E Hydrating Toner that focus mainly on refreshing and hydrating my face. At this point, my white cotton pad should come out fairly white (no more leftover makeup). This is one of my favourite all time used toner, it really does leave my face feel like I just finished a fresh facial. 
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    Long Makeup Removing Routine

    For my long makeup removing routine, I mainly focus on skin care. I wold add a few of these step into my shorter routine if I had more time or I was less lazy.

    • Clarisonic is a must, above all, I definitely do this once a week. It gives a super great scrub and aid so much with clearing pores. If you use their radiance line it will even help with brightening up the face.
    • A face mask is usually done once a week too. Some people do it every day, but I definitely don’t have time or the money for that. I tend to vary through different masks, I have tried Karuna masks a few times, Fresh rose face mask is one of my favourite – not to mention I was so excited to find out it was this year’s birthday gift from Sephora! Pur-lisse also have a few masks I often use. I tend to not stick to one brand or type. This is because 1. I haven’t found one that show significant change 2. There are so many different ones to try out, and I am all about that! Also, the Face Shop recently opened and I can’t wait to try all of their masks. I have heard Korean masks are amazing!
    • Since my skin isn’t dry I stay away from moisturizer everyday. However, one moisturizer I really like is the Cliniqe Even Better Brightening Moisture Gel Cream. I use this once or twice a week only because it is way to expensive to use everyday, but also if I used lotion everyday my skin would start breaking out from over-oiling. 
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    Some people think my makeup removing routine is too long, or longer that what they do, but I have heard from so many middle-age ladies reminding me that ones’ skin is their best at their 20’s, it is so important to protect it now then to regret it later.

    October 31, 2016 — AN Commerce

    Beauty Hacks

    The beauty world is ever-expanding, so understandably there are new products coming out every week claiming to help with various situations – which is great, but why do they charge a fortune when you can just use things that you’ve probably already got in your drawer?!

    Hair Donut
    This is something I’ve used for such a long time now and it’s so effective. I’ve found that any kind of makeup brush cleaner costs more than what it’s actually worth and there are dry brush cleaners pretty much everywhere nowadays, but a hair donut works so well in helping to remove shadow from eye brushes! All you have to do is swirl your brush over the donut and it catches all of the colour, leaving you able to switch colours within seconds. When I found out about this all I had to do was fish out the donut in my beauty box but even if you don’t have a hair donut already they’re pretty inexpensive so it’s definitely a cheaper alternative! It can save you a lot of time cleaning loads of brushes too as you don’t need half as many brushes using this – always a bonus!

    Tape Straight Liner
    This is a pretty well-known one now but it’s a beauty hack none the less! I’ve had around 8 years of practice now when it comes to eyeliner but of course I have the occasional off-day and need a little hand getting that precise line! All you literally have to do is get some tape (any kind but I wouldn’t recommend anything too tough) and stick it across your under eye so that you have a slant ready for your liner, and start doing your liner without the worry of it messing up! The only issue with this would be making sure the tape on each eye is at the same kind of angle so that your flicks are symmetrical – but unless you’re going all out with massive wings, it’s not a huge issue if they’re not identical!

    Get Your Money’s Worth
    I’m a cheapskate and I’m not ashamed of it. There’s nothing that annoys me more than knowing I’ve paid for a product and I’m not getting my money’s worth from it! Granted, it’s not always the most expensive of products, but you’re not throwing away product that you’ve paid for. This one only really works for products that come in tubes, but when you think about it, that can be pretty much anything. BB Creams, moisturisers, toothpaste, primers, the list is endless. All you have to do is cut the tube in half – that’s it! You can squeeze as much out of it as you want but I can guarantee there will still be plenty of product left when you cut it in half! I tend to cut it straight down the middle, so that you can still keep the top half and fit it over the bottom to keep it fresh, what’s the point in cutting it in half for more product if you’re going to let it dry out within a day? Such a simple hack, but it’ll save you money in the long run!

    White Liner
    So. Many. Uses.  If you don’t have a white liner in your beauty routine, then what the heck are you doing?! It’s the perfect product because you can do so much with it, and it’s fairly cheap too! When I wake up in the morning looking like death, it’s the first thing I reach for. You just simply use it in the corner of your eye or on your waterline to make your eyes brighter instantly and make you look more awake – perfect for early mornings and hangovers! You can also use it as an eyeshadow base too, just by simply colouring it over your lids. A white base for your eyeshadow makes the colour a lot brighter and more vivid – as a result your look will be more effective and it’ll stay longer!

    Light-up Mirror
    I recently got a light-up mirror for my dressing table and it’s improved my morning makeup routine by a mile! I was having an issue with baking my face in the mornings because it’s so dark I couldn’t see if it had all blended out properly (it hadn’t, I looked horrendous at work with mountains of white powder under my eyes) so I figured a light up mirror couldn’t hurt. I use it every day now and it’s almost like a white light so you won’t come out of it looking orange or unnatural!

    October 27, 2016 — AN Commerce